I am thinking about going to nursing school
and have been thinking about it for about 10 years. I really want to be a L&D nurse, I decided that once I had my children. My question is what does this all involve besides the checking to see how far the pt has dilated, getting her ready for delivery and all the other stuff that you see. If there a lot of paper work involved?? I know sometimes you see the nurses sitting behind the desk doing paper work and stuff like that. My other question is - how did you all know this is the type nurse you wanted to be? It seems like this would be a very rewarding job - i realize it would not always be great because not everyone has healthy babies and many things can happen when a women is in labor, but i still feel that it would be an awesome job. please give me your input on how you all realized this was the field you wanted to go into and what all is involved in this besides what you see on L&D and maternity ward shows. Also could i do this is I got my assos. in RN or do you have to have a BSN??? Thanks!!
Sep 9, '02
I am so sorry, but I HAVE TO RESPOND HERE....where I work and have worked in the past, having a BSN in NO way guaranteed you a direct entry to OB nursing out of school. It had a lot to do w/who you know and luck, period. Ask around before you make an assumption that having a BSN will get you into OB as a grad.
However, as I said before, I agree w/Mark; having the BSN will open doors for you not open to AD grads later on......I would go for a BSN first--- if it is available to you. Sadly, the closest BSN to me was 90 miles away; as military wife and mom, it just was not doable at the time for me. Now, I am stuck going to RN-BSN track schooling, which I would rather have not had to do. You get stuck doing some things you ALREADY KNOW over again; that to me, is a waste of time. So GET THE BSN if you don't want to get stuck going back to school later on, but don't count on it to get you into OB right away......to get into OB, get to know the nurses and manager at the hospital where you may be employed and work on it from that angle, like I did. Good luck!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Sep 9, '02